Have you ever taken any tour bus while traveling in foreign countries? It is the most convenient and comfortable way to take a good look at beautiful sights.
This tour bus that we are going to share with you, however, was a little bit different.
While we enjoyed seemingly normal sightseeing, we also witnessed something unusual: the ninja!!! Not only did we see the ninja, but we also saw him battling with a samurai warrior. ‘’
Turns out, we were on a Ninja tour bus.
Where can you get tickets for the Ninja tourist bus?
First, you will have to book tickets on the「JAPANiCAN」website. When on the main page, search for the event name of SAMURAI & NINJA Safari TOKYO Entertainment Bus.
After booking the tickets, travel to the central square of Rokku Asakusa (it takes about 6 minutes on foot from Kaminarimon.) If you are a fan of the old-school Japanese style, you will love it. Just across from the Don Quixote store, you will find「JAPANKURU」 stand. This is where you pick up the bus pass.
Make sure not to lose the bus pass because you will need it to take a photo with the Ninja at the end of the tour.
Here you are! This is the Ninja tour bus! The bus is specially imported from abroad. You do not need to be worried about the coldness because it is equipped with a heater.
You can learn many interesting facts about Tokyo
She is our tour guide who grew up in New Zealand, but has been living in Japan for the past 7 years. Not only can she speak Japanese beautifully, but also is very familiar with Japanese
Traveling along the Asakusa district, the tour guide told us some things about the city:
1. The Ginza subway was the first subway in the Asia.
2. The Gold flame that we see in Asakusa is ASAHI beer company’s head office.
3. The height of Sky Tree(R) is 634 meters tall and it is because this number is pronounced“Musashi”in Japanese which sounds just like the name of one of the old provinces of Japan. Sky Tree(R)is located exactly where this former province used to be.
As we were all listening attentively to the tour guide, the TV monitor suddenly showed an emergency alert: The Ninja has appeared in Asakusa!
The Ninja appeared in Asakusa, Tokyo
At that moment we all looked outside, and there he was, seemingly running away from someone.
The Samurai was chasing him just outside of our bus. We witnessed a fight between the Ninja and the Samurai.
It was amazing to see it because usually you can only see these kinds of scenes in the movies
Everyone on the bus was so excited! We wanted to know how it would go, but the bus could not just park there: we had to continue our tour.
Unexpected surprise on Kappabashi Street
The bus was heading to Kappabashi Street where you can find all the equipment and tools for kitchen. Lots of famous chefs come here to look for the right tools for them. Kappa means “The River Imp.” For businessmen, it is a sign of good luck to see a river imp, and we were so lucky to meet one here. He even came onto the bus to take pictures with us.
However, it was actually the Ninja hiding inside the Kappa costume. We had all become his captives unless we voted for him and not the Samurai. For the sake of getting home safely, of course I voted for the Ninja.
The final battle
Right after the Ninja got off the bus, the Samurai got on and we told him that the Ninja was waiting for him at the central square for the final battle.
So how did the final battle end?
Who was the final winner?
How about finding out the results on your own? Take a ride on the Ninja tour bus!
Things you need to know for the Ninja tour bus:
Name: SAMURAI & NINJA Safari TOKYO Entertainment Bus
Departure time: 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays
Duration: 1 hour
Price: 4,500 yen/adult, 4,000 yen/child (Free under 6 years old)
How to book:
10 a.m.on Saturdays and Sundays
SAMURAI & NINJA Safari TOKYO Entertainment Bus [Departs at 10:00]
1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays
SAMURAI & NINJA Safari TOKYO Entertainment Bus [Departs at 13:00]